Mourinho: Mikel’s a true professional

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has praised the professionalism of Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel for keeping up his performance when needed despite losing his spot in the team.

The manager in his post-match conference after beating Shrewsbury 2-1 highlighted the Nigerian and Goalkeeper Petr Cech as players who should ordinarily be regulars in the team for big games, but were not bothered and put up a good showing in the game against the team from league two, the fourth tier in English football.

“I had people like Petr Cech and Mikel people with lots of years at the club, who would prefer to start the game at Old Trafford,” said Mourinho.

“They didn’t and they came here today and gave a fantastic example. After that there are the young boys and they have to follow the spirit and the professionalism of the others.

“Today even if I lost I would have the same kind of words for my players – their respect for the competition, for the opponent, for Chelsea and the Chelsea fans was fantastic.’

John Obi Mikel has been at Chelsea since 2006 making a total of 214 Premier league appearances with one goal since joining from Lyn Oslo in Norway.

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